Nevertheless it was really interesting to learn a little about a man who probably played quite a big role in God’s plan oftaking the gospel to all nations
, namely north England. One of the characteristics of Aidan that Wakefield highlighted was his ‘passion for God’, and I suppose it is this that has a domino-effect on everything else. He left Ireland and spent the second half of his life, in the seventh-century, wandering round Northumbria encouraging Christians, and calling on pagans to get baptised.
It made me realise how little I know of post-early-church, pre-Reformation church history, particularly in the UK. There must be so many men and women offaith
who’ll be in the new creation that played their part in God’s plan. I hope some day to be counted with them, for his glory’s sake!
One other thing about Aidan that stuck out was his humility and equality in viewing other humans – Wakefield made a great deal of hischaracter
. Often I can get worried about my doctrine, how this or that works, how we do evangelism, etc, I long for my character to be shaped.
Also: chats about the C of E, life as an ordinand, and limited atonement…